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Duggar Sisters Sue Cops for Releasing Josh Molestation Docs

Duggar Sisters Sue Cops for Releasing Josh Molestation Docs

Attorneys for Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar filed suit in federal court in Fayetteville against the city, the county and the publishers of InTouch Weekly for breaching their privacy.

Four of the Duggar sisters have filed a lawsuit against the city of Springdale, Washington County, and parties affiliated with In Touch Weekly, alleging a breach of privacy.

The lawsuit also names Kathy O'Kelly, who was the chief of the Springdale Police Department at the time; Ernest Cate, Springdale city attorney; Rick Hoyt, enforcement major at Washington County Sheriff's Office; and Steve Zega, Washington County attorney. That was after an anonymous tipster reported the girls had been molested by their brother.

In Touch had filed a a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 to obtain police files stemming from the 2006 investigation by police. But the stories did not identify the victims of the molestation. However, in the suit, the sisters say under Arkansas laws the police are forbidden from disclosing any information related to sexual misconduct involving children.

The four girls were stars on the TLC reality show that documented their personal lives growing up in Arkansas, raised by parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

It's been nearly two years since news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke, and the Duggar family still hasn't quite recovered. The Duggars told TMZ that they are suing as a means to protect all children who are victims of abuse. Not only was their show 19 Kids And Counting canceled, but the whole scandal totally overshadowed Jessa's one and only wedding. Ugh! These four oversaw and approved the release of the under-redacted report, the document states. The tabloid said the identity of the victims was not publicly known until the sisters admitted in an interview that they were among the victims in the case. With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well. But Jill Duggar rejected In Touch's claim that it was the sisters who revealed they were among the victims in the molestation case.


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